Ask all the guests to bring a coupon (or two) in a box and
gift wrapped. Coupons can be affixed to a package of disposal
diapers, baby cereal, etc. if the guest so chooses.
For Thee: 3 Hours Babysitting at the Mommy's house
For Thee: Babysitting so Mommy can do her grocery shopping
For Thee: 1 afternoon to do Mommy's errands
For Thee: 1 day of housecleaning
For Thee: 1 day of gardening
For Thee: 1 day of laundry
For Thee: Evening babysitting so Mommy and Daddy can go out
on a date
For Thee: 2 Meals cooked and delivered
For Thee: A soft shoulder
Guess Who's In the Kitchen with
(...a good "shower-less" idea for church and other
NO shower to attend...
everyone contributes an envelope with a date and time that
the meal will be served. Someone acts as the coordinator and
puts all the envelopes in a basket, wraps it in cellophane
and ties with a ribbon, delivers it to the new parents along
with a vase of fresh flowers for the dining room table.
When guests RSVP to participate, assign them a date, asking
them to deliver a cooked meal to the mommy, daddy and other
children. For an added twist, assign countries, too -- such
as Italy, Germany, France, etc. Dinners are probably the easiest
A guest assigned a 8:00am time on Saturday (breakfast) can
deliver some of these items: fresh coffee, bagels, cream cheese,
fruits, donuts, orange juice, scrambled eggs, ham slices,
A 5:30pm time (dinner) on Thursday delivers a salad (dressing
on the side), dinner rolls, casserole, dessert and beverages.
Don't Be Surprised... when
mommy and daddy tell you
this was the best gift of all !
Homemade Baby Food
Making your own baby food gives you the distinct advantage of controlling what goes into your baby's sensitive tummy. You determine how much, if any, sugar and spices your baby gets. Even when found on sale for as low as 50 cents per jar, producing your own is a much less expensive alternative to ready made. Making baby food is actually very simple with a few simple tools: a blender, food processor, baby food grinder or similar machine, a steamer or boiling pot, ice cube trays, and a few minutes of your time.
Baby Wipes Recipe
(fun thing to have
for a baby shower)
Make a corsage for the mommy-to-be to wear at the
baby shower or make a bouquet of flowers for the nursery.